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Trump's Health Care Program Tagged 'Disastrous'

By Anne Dominguez , Jan 06, 2017 11:16 AM EST

Donald Trump hasn't taken office yet, but he is already facing so much criticism, especially in health care. While the new Congress takes over this week, Senate Democrats demanded ethics investigation on President-elect Donald Trump's for U.S. health secretary pick Tom Price. Meanwhile, Trump's health care program was called "disastrous" by critics.

During his campaign, Trump stated he would repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, referring to it as a "complete disaster." The Affordable Care Act has enabled at least 20 million previously uninsured US citizens to have medical coverage.

He added it would be replaced by a free market system and explained plans would be devised for people who would be lose their insurance coverages if Obamacare is replaced. Democrat groups and health care advocates have since voiced they're agreement to the plan.

Jim McDermott, a Democrat and a former representative of the Washington in the House of Representatives said that even though Trumps heath care program is not yet complete. People can already see the structure.  He compared Trump's health care system to only eating dessert without eating vegetables - meaning, there is no consumer protections.

McDermott added that Trump's method was already used previously in Washington. "The result was a well-documented disaster," he said via Washington Post. Meanwhile, Robert Laszewski described the health care plan as mixture of randomly selected ideas which doesn't prove together.

Another issue in the health department under the Trump administration is his selected US Health Secretary. On Thursday, Dec. 5, Senate Democrats and nonpartisan watchdog group, Public Citizen, demanded a probe on Tom Price on allegations of trading health care company stocks while pushing a Congress legislation that could affect those shares.

"We don't know if he broke the law," Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said according to Reuters. "But there are certainly enough serious questions to warrant a serious investigation before any hearing is held on Congressman Price to become secretary of HHS."

Price is a Republican congressman from Georgia and an orthopedic surgeon. He is also a fierce critic of Obamacare. If Price becomes the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, he might carry out Trump's health care programs and remove Obamacare.

 

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